Centrality and transverse momentum dependence of inclusive J/ψ production at midrapidity in Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV
ALICE collaboration (2020). Centrality and transverse momentum dependence of inclusive J/ψ production at midrapidity in Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV. Physics Letters B, 805, 135434. DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2020.135434
Published inPhysics Letters B
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The inclusive J/ψ meson production in Pb–Pb collisions at a center-of-mass energy per nucleon–nucleon collision of √sNN=5.02TeV at midrapidity (|y| <0.9) is reported by the ALICE Collaboration. The measurements are performed in the dielectron decay channel, as a function of event centrality and J/ψ transverse momentum pT, down to pT=0. The J/ψ mean transverse momentum pT and rAA ratio, defined as p2TPbPb/p2Tpp, are evaluated. Both observables show a centrality dependence decreasing towards central (head-on) collisions. The J/ψ nuclear modification factor RAA exhibits a strong pT dependence with a large suppression at high p Tand an increase to unity for decreasing pT. When integrating over the measured momentum range pT<10GeV/c, the J/ψ RAA shows a weak centrality dependence. Each measurement is compared with results at lower center-of-mass energies and with ALICE measurements at forward rapidity, as well as to theory calculations. All reported features of the J/ψ production at low pT are consistent with a dominant contribution to the J/ψ yield originating from charm quark (re)combination. ...